Digital Health and Care Wales has triumphed at the British Computer Society’s annual UK IT industry awards, being named the best place to work in IT.

The NHS Wales organisation is taking the lead on technology-enabled transformation across the industry. It was honoured for providing the best employment and career opportunities for IT professionals working in the UK.

Judges awarded it top marks for Digital Health and Care Wales’ commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as the skills and career development of its staff.

Helen Thomas, Digital Health and Care Wales CEO, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for all of us and shows how building a great team brings success both for staff and for our stakeholders.

“We are very proud of the work we do to help the NHS in Wales use digital for better care.”

The company has offices in Cardiff, Swansea and Mold, and employs 1,000 people. Its staff retention rate is much higher than the industry standard. The past 18 months has seen 20% of its staff gain a promotion and progress in their careers.

Director of people and organisational development, Sarah-Jane Taylor, said: “This is a tremendous achievement that rewards our investment in people.

“We place a real focus on valuing the work of our staff who are our biggest asset. Their work is critical, developing and delivering the national technology and data services needed to transform health and care in Wales.”

The Best Place to Work in IT category drew stiff competition, with Digital Health and Care Wales competing against nine other finalists including Intercity Technology and the John Lewis Partnership.

Digital Health and Care Wales officially launched as a special health authority on 1 April 2021. Its aim is to deliver digital for better-connected care using technology and data to support healthcare workers and enable better patient outcomes and experiences.